As an English major pursuing an undergraduate degree to teach at the high school level, I have picked up many do's and don'ts when it come to teaching but more importantly when it comes to tutoring a student who just simply needs someone to bring out the knowledge that is already in his or her head. I have tutored many underclassmen on my campus, and I have been given great reviews on my strategies. For the past couple of years, I have been a peer mentor of incoming freshman at West Chester University. In this position, I served as a guide and outlet for students to talk to when they were having trouble with classes and college life overall. As a peer mentor, I have also had the opportunity to tutor some of the students in general education classes who needed the extra help. Though some of the classes that they were taking were not classes that I ever received credit for personally, I used strategies such as guiding and scaffolding to show students that they have the information in their minds already and that I am simply a guide to help them pull the information out.
As I am pursuing my degree in English education, I have had opportunities to work with middle school and high school students in the classroom. I have conducted my own lessons without teacher support and have worked one-on-one with students away from the whole classroom development in areas that he or she was struggling in. I have also taken and completed a class in tutoring writing, and through that seminar I have gained strong abilities in aiding students in writing and reading strategies at the middle school, high school, and college levels.
Last year I assisted in the YPAL program at my local YMCA and worked with elementary-aged students with homework and any other after school help that was necessary at the time. I am great with younger children, and I actually live with my sister and my five-year-old niece who I constantly work with and help to aid in her growing knowledge day to day.
I have tutored students over Skype, face-to-face, and through systems such as Google docs. My schedule is very flexible, and I am open to try new arrangements and even work with parents along with their children so that they can aide in helping their learning when I am not scheduled to work with them at that time.
I am the tutor that will believe in you and work with you through your frustrations no matter how long it takes.
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